|Gary K. Montague is Newest JCPRD Board Member|
Former Shawnee City Manager Gary K. Montague is the newest addition to the Johnosn County Park and Recreation District's Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners.
"My goals includes park and open space acquisitions, upgrading Tomahawk golf course facilities, expanding the outstanding trail system, and maintaining the JCPRD's outstanding nation-wide reputation for excellence," Montague said.
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously during its Jan. 26 meeting to appoint Montague to the District Board. His term will run through Jan. 31, 2009. Montague steps into a seat previously held by Vickie Truitt, also of Shawnee, who served on the District Board for more than 12 years.
The Topeka native served as the City Manager of Shawnee from 1978 until December of last year, when he retired. He previously served as Shawnee's Community Development Director from 1974 to 1978, as City Planner for the City of Lawrence for two years, and worked in the industrial engineering section of Boeing Aircraft Company for three years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Topeka's Washburn University and master's degrees from both Wichita State University and the University of Kansas. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the America Legion.
With this background, Montague comes to the District with more than 30 years of experience in park acquisition and development.
"The greatest challenge facing the JCPRD is maintaining the high quality of service and activities that Johnson County residents have come to expect," he said. "The strength of the JCPRD is the willingness of Johnson County residents to pay for high-quality services and open space acquisitions."
Montague and his wife, Donna, continue to reside in Shawnee and are the parents of six married daughters.